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Torn

By: Carian Cole
Narrated by: Noelle Bridges,Mason Lloyd
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He's loved me since the day I was born. He's taken care of me. He's awakened me.

Tor is my father's best friend. Fifteen years older than me, he's always been my protector. The one I should never, ever want. But I was born to be his.

She's always loved me. She's shattered me. She's healed me.

Kenzi is my best friend's daughter. I held her the day she was born, and I never let go. She's forbidden to me. But she's the only one who really gets me.

We're slowly being torn apart by everything we love. Everything we want. Everything we desire. And now I want the one thing I can't have. I want her.

©2016 Carian Cole (P)2016 Tantor

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Forbidden, Taboo, But Oh, So Right!

Who can say they've loved the same person in so many ways, all their life.

My first Carian Cole book and WOW did she ever enthrall me with a rare, unforgettable, one in million love story. It was taboo, walked the line, and seared a place in my heart. Hooked from the first chapter, glued to my headphones, I know, no matter how many more romance stories I listen too in the future, I will always remember this one vividly. While this story may not be for some, I LOVE It!

Some spoilers:
A well written, passionate, poetic, story that builds angst, chemistry, love and sexual tension by alternating between the past and present. We see Tor and Kenzi's love grow, and transform over her lifespan. He's been in her life daily from day one, and was there to take care of Kenzi when her parents had to be away. She's grown up thinking of him as Uncle Tor, but as she reaches adulthood her feelings grow deeper. She no longer thinks of him as the uncle who was there to kiss her boo-boos, read her a bedtime story, or help navigate her teen years, but rather as a man that makes her burn with passion and her heart flutter. The flashback scenes really show how much Tor cared and loved Kenzi throughout the years, and built the angst Tor felt for developing deeper emotional feelings for Kenzi. But as she matures, he cannot deny their connection, and the love they have for each other. Kenzi's becomes the one women who truly understands Tor, she loves him and wants to be with him. As they accept and give into their feelings, love and start a relationship, there is one hurdle in their way, not everyone will accept or understand their relationship. Their love will be put to the test, when the lines have been crossed, truth comes out, and friends feel betrayed.

The narrations was awesome! Both Noelle Bridges, and Mason Lloyd performance was flawless; they really delivered on all the various emotions, and characters.

Torn was an amazing one of kind romance that may not be for everyone, but was truly unforgettable, and filled with so many beautiful poetic words and quotes. Well worth the time, and credit! Carian Cole has a passion for animals and it radiates throughout the story. As a dog lover, I found these scenes just as touching and heart-warming as Tor and Kenzi's love story.

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MORAL TURPITUDE?

This is an Ashes & Embers spinoff. I wish Ashes & Embers was somewhere in the title so people know this. I found out by reading Amazon book reviews.

This book will push your moral boundaries. IMO you'll have one of three reactions:

1. Moral Disgust
2. Sympathy
3. Understanding

Let's add a fourth:

4. All of the above...which are the emotions I went thru.

I can add a fifth emotion...IRRITATION. After listening for 6 hours I almost stopped because of Carian Cole dragging out the push-n-pull dilemma. So I took a break and when I started back listening to the second half the story picked up.

In previous books there is the mention of Asher's wife, Kenzie's mother...Ember. But only that she's not around and Asher is in a dark place. We do find out in this story what happened to Ember but no details. I've read that Asher's story is next so we'll find out exactly what happened to Ember.

I adored Torn and his family's dog rescue and shelter. There were parts of the dog rescues that tore up my heart.

I love this series. Corian Cole incorporates unusual real life issues with a fiction story that takes you thru an array of emotions. It's not about a band on tour (the band is in the background) it's about the lives of the band members and their family issues & challenges. The family also has a lot of love, romance, and sexy times.

Noelle Bridges and Mason Lloyd gave a great performance.

Worth a credit/$$ - I'm on the fence with this one, as I was with Vandal.

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I enjoyed this book very much! Talk about foreplay.... 80% of this book is build up. I love the Ashes & Embers series and was a little disappointed to see there was a new series out by this author when I was waiting for more in that series but then I started this and realized this book is from the same world and we get a little visit from almost everyone in the Ashes & Embers series too! When I first realized where this book was going I thought the age gap was too large and the history was to much like family but the author changed my mind completely. I love that she goes back and forth with peeks from the past, that helps understand the history between these characters. This book was sweet & sexy all in one! I can't wait for more from this author.

The narration was great too!

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It's Popular for a Reason

When I saw this book was one of the more popular books in the Romance Package all I could wonder is why? This guy falls in love with his best friends daughter. She called him uncle when she was young, for goodness sakes. I'm not saying it's Flowers in the Attic gross, but that's pretty close. Still, from the very beginning every time I wanted to quit listening, I couldn't. I had to know what was going to happen next. Even when story flashed back into the past, reminding me once again, he used to change this girl's diaper. (A knowledge that repeatedly caused my mind to completely reject the idea of the two of them being together.) I had to know what would happen next and if I would ever be okay with this relationship. And isn't that the hallmark of a good story? Intrigue and Empathy. So, in my opinion, that aspect alone makes this book worth it.

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Major Book Hangover

So, normally I just rate the books after I finish them and rarely do I feel inclined to leave a written review these days. THIS book, however, left me with so many feels that I had no choice but to write a few words down just so I could prolong the wonderful afterglow from listening to this story.

Initially, I thought the main draw to this story would be the "taboo" aspect of the romance - but it was so much more than just a story about a younger girl and an older guy. Tor and Kenzi's history was beautifully woven throughout the story in brief flashbacks which did not detract from the present tense.

I really enjoyed the slow burn of the push and pull during the first half, and the spice of the second half of the story was even more fun to listen to. I will definitely be revisiting this story again soon and I look forward to reading Tyler's story next.

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TORN.. BUT THE HEART WANTS WHAT THE HEART WANTS

It was a forbidden romance.. taboo, controversial, unique and bravely written about because this is a love story that defies 'the norm' and pushes moral boundaries and you're either going to understand why these two characters fell in love or you're going to be grossed out by it.

Tor's best friends were rock musicians who, at aged 15, enlisted his help to look after Kenzi - their baby daughter.. making him her godfather and surrogate uncle who, throughout the years, was there every step of the way. First words, first steps, first period, first boyfriend.. and, as it turns out, her first lover too. Tor was there for them all - and he was also the only person that was consistently there for Kenzi. Now successful rock legends Ashes & Embers Kenzi's parents were gone so much that her life became moulded around all the things Tor.. her favorite person in the whole world. But then one night after a bad prom date Tor would come to Kenzi's rescue and an innocent walk down memory lane sparked a new feeling between them.. desire - desire that, no matter how much they tried to ignore or fight it, would bring them the greatest highs and the lowest of lows.

Torn is a great title because it doesn't only reflect Tor's feelings but also the listeners too because I was constantly confused as to whether their relationship was a natural and normal progression or whether it was taboo unhealthy and wrong. But Carian Cole put in scenes and sentiments that were heartfelt and so meaningful that I couldn't deny the rightness of their relationship and love. There were glimpses of Tor's past with her parents and their shared pasts together which highlighted their 15 yr age differences in paragraphs before selective Chapters. Thought provoking dual POV storyline, enjoyable, pushes boundaries, sex, tender touching scenes and great narration - it's a listen that'll be hard to forget.

Worth a credit? I'll be honest that there were times that this listen didn't sit well with me but the heart wants what the heart wants I guess and who are we to judge what's right or what's normal? And, as Carian Cole so wisely wrote: Why is it acceptable to get involved with a total stranger, who could do any number of things to hurt you or betray you, but not get involved with someone who has cared about you since the day you were born? It's all a matter of social perspective? end quote. So my perspective is that Yes this was a creditworthy listen.

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Wow, just wow!

I honestly wasn't sure about this book when I picked it up, because the premise seemed a bit... skeevy. I hate to even say that now that I read it, but that being said, I'm so glad I gave it a chance.

This was a beautiful love story from start to finish, and it encompassed every kind of love, not just the romance of falling in love.

I both read and listened to this one, both ways are enjoyable, although the female voice in the audiobook added to my sketchy feelings in the beginning, because she didn't transfer to a more mature/less mature voice (real time vs flashback memories) for Kenzi. Hearing a "little girly" sounding speech pattern for a "mature beyond her years" 18 year old almost ruined it. I tucked that little issue aside though and just got lost in the story.

The questionable subject matter was handled so beautifully that any taboo feelings you might have had going in are washed away, and you can't help but wish for Kenai and Tor to get their HEA.

Absolutely lovely!

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Torn......that's the way I felt about this book

The main male and female leads were strong and even though some people thought their story and love for each other wrong, I did not feel that way. I did not like the constant going back and forth in their lives. I felt like it was too much filler,it was getting really tedious half way through the book. I skipped a few chapters and didn't feel like I missed much . I was wondering for the longest time what happened to Ember. This where I debated giving the story 2or3 stars. I am very disappointed, that you packed a good portion of the story in the last chapter and could have expanded so much more with this part of their lives and her parents lives . You just balled it all up in the epilogue . I really hate when authors do this. It feels rushed and it's like you just ran out of time and needed to get out there. This is the best part of their lives and you ruined it for me. The stars are for the characters, but your ending sucks!

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Sorry, I just Couldn't Get Into It

Sorry, I couldn’t get into this. I have always been into older guys, but this is wrong to epic portions. He is equivalent to her dad. It made me feel really weird, the only thing I could think of is child porn, even though she was 17-18 when it started. It made me sick. It’s one thing if he only came around her once in a while and not basically raise her.

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Soo steamy! So taboo!

I haven't been excited about a book in a long time. this had my attention all night and day. He gives you the moral angst that society would have you feel. She gives you the desire to throw it to the wind. AND THE SEX! (fans self) Yes, I need to read/listen to all of this authors books if they are anything like this.

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  • Yvonne
  • 11-20-16

Great listen

Just finished listening to this and what a lovely story that I have no hesitation in recommending , but then I have loved all of Carina stories they are very different and written with passion , insight ..
I loved the animal rescue which sadly is far too common placed, so this had a pull on my heart strings ..... Tor , a gentle giant with standards and a fierce love for is "niece" but as you listen to the story Carina develops the characters with real warmth feeling , thanks for a great listen and loved the narrators as always

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  • Trisha
  • 01-17-17

Brilliant

What made the experience of listening to Torn the most enjoyable?

All of it was enjoyable. It unfolds and really draws you in.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both the leads

Have you listened to any of Noelle Bridges and Mason Lloyd ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no but I will as they were both excellent

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to anything similar from this author

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  • Leah Oakley
  • 09-13-20

So truly emotional and raw

This was an amazing listen! It told a truly beautiful story of two people who against all odds fall in love. Such a real life issue that people are scared of. Absolutely fantastic.

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  • Dorthe
  • 03-08-19

Lovly sweet romance

This is a very sweet and deep romance full of tender love, between to people with agegap of 16 year. Not a hot kinky listen but there are some heating scenes

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  • Pen Name
  • 08-03-18

Incredible!!!

Both Incredible and powerful love story. Could not put it down! Highly recommended!!! Loved it!

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  • Lisa-Marie Taylor
  • 04-14-18

amazing... beautiful LOVE story.. true connection.

Oh how I love this book. Tor is so adorable... yes he is tough.. an alpha.. a protector.. but also the sweetest.. the beautiful things he says.. and how he lives Kenzie will melt your heart...

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  • Laura Allen
  • 10-19-17

Amazing!!

Can't believe it ended so soon, devastated. Loved every minute of this book never wanting it to end. Will be a re-reader for sure!

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  • Margarida
  • 07-15-17

great story

I loved it and love the characters they were real and adventurous and kept true!!!!!!

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  • Ajp
  • 06-04-17

Loved the audible version of this wonderful book

I loved reading Torn originally so just had to purchase the audible version and I wasn't disappointed. The characters come to life even more so thanks to the wonderful narrators. I can't wait to read and hear future books by Carian

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  • hadziah
  • 03-17-17

whats not to love?

my first Carian Cole book! & I want more!

storyline might be considered a taboo but it actually is about falling in love (innocently) & how 2 ppl love each other and how their love changes and forms into something beautifuls. love carian's books!

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  • Felicity
  • 05-20-20

AMAZING

This book was amazing. I have had this book in my wishlist for so long because I knew that I would eventually want to read it and I was not disappointed. This holds a love that begins years before anyone realises. The romance between Tor and Kenzi is amazing and while I probably say this about all the guys I love to read in my romance books, Tor is seriously the perfect guy. He loves and saves animals, has a bad boy vibe, has the biggest heart, and just wants to settle down. These guys in my books are seriously putting the bar up high for my future and I feel sorry for anyone who stands in that type of future with me. The narration is amazing because it puts a certain character to each ... character (if that makes any sense). This book was definitely not a letdown and if you think this book is for you, give it a try. I loved this book!

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  • Danii80
  • 12-08-17

struggled big time

struggled to get into this book
not sure i want to bother with the next one might get a refund

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  • Dim
  • 02-05-17

Tacky

I am not a fan of tats and long hair but managed to imagine someone else as the main character. The story line is surprisingly good but the voices are not. The female suits the character but her male impersonations sound like Beavis and Buthead. The male voice sounds like something out of the 1950s. The romance scenes are well written. I'm going to give Storm, another book by this author a go.

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  • ***Casey***
  • 12-11-16

long, drawn out and repetitive.

this book was frustrating to sit through. not a bad story line concept, but it dragged on constantly throughout each chapter with whiney repetitive doubts and insecurities. yuck! my pet hate. if your gonna be a big girl, make big girl decisions and stomp your foot until all the adults around you agree to see you and treat you like the big girl you proclaim to be.... then get some back bone and own that s#!t.
the whiney repetitiveness was no doubt made worse by the fact that i happaned to listen to the aidiobook instead of read this time. (i regually swich between options, depending on if im too busy to sit with a book or not) ordinarly i listen to enough of the sample narration to make sure I'm happy listning to the voice/s. but i skiped that step this time, and ended up with a female voice that for the most part was supposed to sound 18, only she sounded like she was in her 50's and speaking like a 14 year old.... the guy, his best description "fuddy duddy" his charactor was supposed to be 33. he spoke like a 17 year old dude but With the voice that gave the mental image of an old school principal. (this made the occasional F bombs he droped, a bit awkward). i feel a wave of exhaustion when i contemplate picking up another book from this author, but i will.
.. not right now (or any time soon). but eventually. each to their own though, if you try it, i hope you enjoy it. Lots of luck to the author with future books.

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  • Suze
  • 04-18-22

Love love love!

Absolutely love this whole series , beautifully written.

Age gap romance, so tastefully done . Kenzie has grown up in a very different environment which makes her much more mature than regular 18 year olds .

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  • kdee
  • 09-20-19

Listened to this story 3 times.

I really like this slightly taboo story. Some people may not like the fact that he looked after her and then they fell in love. Side stories included of animal rescue. Narration is good. Enjoyed the whole book.

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  • Carol77
  • 03-28-19

A story you can listen to over and over again

This book was really well written I loved how the story just flowed their was always something happening in the story line and I thought saving the dogs was a nice touch it made things more interesting. I also liked that it went between the past and the present because it gave a better perspective on what the characters were dealing with and shed some light on the relationship as a whole rather than just when they started having strong feeling to be together as a couple.

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  • Sharlene Meintjes
  • 08-09-18

The best ever book

Best romantic book that i have read in a long time. Best book love it

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  • Anna Vardaro
  • 06-21-18

Amazing!

This is my first book from this author and it was amazing! The characters and the storyline was just raw and real! Can't wait to read more from this author.

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  • SamK
  • 02-06-18

EPIC!!

6+ I love you the most stars!!!! EPIC BOOK HANGOVER ALERT!!! What an unforgettable, amazing, beautiful and passionate story! I LOVED everything about TORN, yet I don’t think I can find the right words to do express how I feel! Gahh! The soul searing connection between Toren and Kenzie wasn’t like anything I have experienced between two characters before. Their love and bond was predestined, unique, meant to be and EPIC!!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t loved a couple as much as I do these two for a very long time! What they had was just SO perfect, SO right despite their relationship being unconventional and taboo. I loved that this story was a gradual awakening of their feelings and there was nothing sordid or tasteless about it. I loved the flashbacks which were so poignant and heart warming. Carian Cole’s narrative was truly addictive and flawless. The story unfolded PERFECTLY and I was so close to having a heart attack as the story and emotions built up to their relationship being revealed!! But the aftermath was worth the temporary heartache I experienced! An unforgettable book that will stay with me for a very long time.